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Thursday notes

22 March 1:51 pm

Thursday notes

By Sebastian Salazar

Lance Rozeboom injured his knee in practice and will fly to D.C. for further evaluation

Some notes from the road as United prepares for the third match of its season on Saturday night.   

ROZEBOOM INJURED

After an impressive preseason run which earned him his first professional contract earlier this month, rookie midfielder Lance Rozeboom injured his left knee during practice this week.  Though United’s medical staff has not made a final diagnosis, Rozeboom will not be available for Saturday's match in Vancouver. 

Some notes from the road as United prepares for the third match of its season on Saturday night.   

ROZEBOOM INJURED

After an impressivepreseason run which earned him his first professional contract earlier thismonth, rookie midfielder Lance Rozeboom injured his left knee during practice this week.  Though United’s medicalstaff has not made a final diagnosis, Rozeboom will not be available forSaturday's match in Vancouver. 

The injury comes at themost disappointing juncture for Rozeboom, who was fresh off his first selectionto United's matchday side.  While he did not enter Sunday's contest against the Galaxy, the rookie out of NewMexico was available for selection after being left out of the top eighteen forthe season opener. 

Rozeboom will return toD.C. late Thursday afternoon for further evaluations.

OLYMPIC QUALIFYING

For a pair of D.C. Unitedstarters, the long road to London begins Thursday night when the U.S. U-23squad takes on Cuba for the first of three Olympic qualifying group phasematches.  Both Bill Hamid and PerryKitchen are expected to contribute heavily - and will likely start - againstthe underdog Cuban side.

"We are definitelyfeeling very good," Kitchen said from Nashville earlier this week.  "We are taking this one game at atime.  We know each match will betough and we are not looking past Cuba. [The three matches] do come quick though, so win, lose or tie we have tochange our focus.  We have to keepplugging through and get good results."

Midfielder Andy Najarwill also represent United at the qualifying tournament when he suits up forHonduras as they open group play on Friday against Panama.  Thursday's U.S. match will be televisedlive on Universal Sports Network and streamed live on concacaf.com.  Kickoff is slated for 9:00 p.m. from LPField.

A SPECIAL THANK YOU

Northern Virginia residentMichael Quin was one of seven Marines who passed away earlier this week whentwo helicopters collided during a training exercise in Yuma, Arizona.  Quin, who captained the soccer teamwhile attending Purcellville's Loudoun Valley High School, was a faithful D.C. United fan andhis family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the SemperFi Fund or United's charitable arm, United for D.C.  

United's players, coachesand staff thank Michael for his service and sacrifice while keeping the entireQuin family in our thoughts and prayers.